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Funding line 4: Promotion of junior researchers

Disappointment during the 20th century. Loss of utopia, denial, renegotiation.

Institute for Contemporary History Munich – Berlin (IfZ)

The Graduate School supports six doctoral and postdoctoral theses, which analyse the historical relevance of emotions through the example of disappointment. Feelings “make history”: They exert influence on decision processes, they create social cohesion, provide collective behaviour with a direction, shape remembrance and structure expectations for the future. The question as to the repercussions of disappointed expectations is central to this investigation. The spectrum of repercussions reaches from the rationally processed loss of utopian vision via denial up to the readiness to renegotiate political and cultural priorities as well as social relationships. The fields of investigation encompass the entire 20th century, cover transnational processes and offer comparative perspectives on a multitude of social actor groups. The Graduate School offers the competitively selected participants a structured graduate programme, as well as privileged qualification and supervision possibilities.

Period: 1. April 2012 – 31. March 2016

Final report (PDF)

Leibniz Graduate School: Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDIS)

German Primate Center - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research (DPZ), Göttingen

The constantly increasing transmission of novel pathogens into the human population poses a central challenge to future research into infectious diseases. The research into novel pathogens and the development of new preventive and therapeutic strategies require particular expertise in the molecular, cellular and organismic analysis of infectious processes as well as the ability to work in laboratories which provide a maximum level of biocontainment. The goal of the Leibniz Graduate School for Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDIS) is to provide young scientists with an excellent training in the area of novel pathogens, thereby enabling research to adequately meet future challenges. The EIDIS graduate school is a joint operation of researchers in Marburg and Göttingen. At both locations, research is focused on novel pathogens and ample know-how as well as there are excellent research facilities available.

Period: 1. January 2012 – 30. April 2017

Project website

Final report (in German only) (PDF)

Leibniz Graduate School: Yield Formation in cereals – overcoming yield-limiting factors

Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben

The Leibniz Graduate School for Yield Formation in Cereals aims at the identification of genetic and physiological factors limiting yield potential in barley and wheat. In a close cooperation of researchers from the IPK and the MLU, association and QTL mapping in diverse barley and wheat populations will be conducted to identify quantitative trait loci and underlying genes determining floret fertility or yield components. Transgenic approaches will be employed to stabilize hybrid vigour, to manipulate phytohormone and assimilate translocation to elevate tiller formation and to increase root development. In a physiological approach, the coordination of senescence processes in roots and leaves will be investigated to uncover potential factors central for improving yield components. We apply for support of 8 PhD students and a structured PhD education program that additionally serves for the establishment of a sustained graduate school at the IPK. The graduate school will be a structural component of the newly established "WissenschaftsCampus Halle" to promote the concept of a plant-based bioeconomy at a scholarly level.

Period: 1. February 2012 – 30. June 2016

Project website

Final report (PDF)

Leibniz Graduate School: Gravity Waves and Turbulence in the Atmosphere and Ocean (ILWAO): Phase 2

Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP), Kühlungsborn

The graduate school ILWAO shall be continued as a cooperation between two Leibniz Institutes (IAP, Kühlungsborn, and IOW, Warnemünde) and the Rostock University. The common scientific subjects in these institutes are waves and turbulence which are important in the atmosphere and ocean but which are poorly understood. A first phase of ILWAO turned out to be very successful. Several open scientific topics shall be dealt with in the future.

Period: 1. July 2012 – 30. June 2016

Project website (in German only)

Final report (PDF)

Leibniz Graduate School: Clouds, Aerosols and Radiation: Mineral Dust

Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), Leipzig

Tropospheric particles play an important role in many scientific fields from air quality to chemical processing of atmospheric gases and aerosols to formation of clouds and precipitation to climate change, just to mention a few. The corresponding processes are highly complex and require expertise in several fields such like solid-state physics, fluid dynamics, electromagnetic field theory, meteorology, organic chemistry, or heterogeneous chemistry. The aim of this Graduate School is to combine these expertise from partners at Universität Leipzig and the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research in order to provide the PhD students an interdisciplinary teaching and research environment which is focused on a joint scientific problem, i.e. an improved understanding of physical and chemical processes in the field of clouds, aerosols and their radiative properties and impacts.

Period: 1. June 2012 – 30. November 2016

Project website
Final report (PDF)

Leibniz Graduate School: Aquatic boundaries and linkages in a changing environment (AQUALINK)

Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin

Aqualink is an interdisciplinary doctoral training and research programme focusing on aquatic boundaries and linkages in a changing environment. We hypothesize, that aquatic ecosystem functions and stability are affected mostly by steep gradients of water and matter fluxes across these boundaries. Especially anthropogen or climate induced water table fluctuations are drivers of such transport and tranformations processes in or across these interfaces. Over a 3-year period, doctoral candidates will receive training towards accomplishing an original doctoral thesis and international publications on the aforementioned topics. Two Leibniz institutes (Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, IGB, and the Leibniz Centre of Agricultural Landscape Research, ZALF) and three international partners (University of Aberdeen, Eawag, University of Southern Denmark) will provide enabling and complementary research environments, mobility schemes and support structures and assistance, all aimed at developing the doctoral candidates' skill set.

Period: 1. July 2012 – 30. June 2017

Project website
Final report (PDF)